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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Hampshire County residents indicted on drug charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Andrew Ross Hose, of Augusta, West Virginia, appeared today before a federal magistrate judge on drug charges after being indicted last week, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Hose, 36, was indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to Possess With Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin, Fentanyl, and Methamphetamine,” one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine,” one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Methamphetamine,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl Mixture,” and two counts of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” 

Also named in the indictment is Jessica Lynn Lundbald, of Augusta, West Virginia. Lundbald, 23, was indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to Possess With Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin, Fentanyl, and Methamphetamine,” one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Methamphetamine,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl Mixture,” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.”

Hose and Lundbald are accused of working together to distribute heroin, fentanyl and, methamphetamine in Hampshire County and elsewhere from June 2020 to February 2021. 

Hose and Lundbald each face up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. The task force consists of the FBI, the West Virginia State Police, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office, the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, and the Keyser Police Department. 

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. Magistrate Robert W. Trumble presided.
 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated March 25, 2021